I love the 50-foot pine tree in front of my house, but its roots have torn up my driveway. (1) Is there anything to do besides cutting down the tree? (2) How can I feel better about losing this tree?
My house is on a corner lot, and the tree is on the corner. Its plot is bounded on three sides: the driveway, the curving sidewalk rounding the corner, and the equipment box and access manhole of a sewage lift station on a town-controlled easement.
The tree is about 18" in diameter. It is to all appearances very healthy. I love the way it shades the front of the house and also draws some attention away from the lift station. I like how its snow-laden branches droop over the driveway. I even love the lilies-of-the-valley growing around its base.
However, one of its roots has really done a number on our driveway, rupturing the pavement across the entire width-- we now have a speed bump. It makes shoveling snow harder. I'm worried about deterioration of the driveway's foundation and about the impact on the house's sellability.
The trunk of the tree is only a couple of feet from the driveway and this appears to be a large root, so I think root trimming
is not an option.
So, to recap and expand on the questions above:
1. Do we have any options besides cutting it down? Two tree service companies have said that's the only thing to do, but they aren't necessarily unbiased. Can we encase the root in a hard shell of some sort and pave over it? Should we try pruning the root?
2. How can I stop from feeling ill at the thought of losing this tree, or at least move through feeling so guilty about having to take it down if that's what we have to do?